YWCA’s Karen Singer, right, poses outside of the Crowded Closet with Shop Manager JoAnn Sylvano, center, and Shop Assistant Meredith Spolarich (left). Photo from YWCA Evanston/North Shore

YWCA Evanston/North Shore has added The Crowded Closet to its family of social enterprises. As with the YWCA Shop for Good in Wilmette, which YWCA Evanston/North Shore acquired in 2018, all proceeds from the Crowded Closet will go to support YWCA’s domestic violence and economic advancement programs, helping women and children throughout northeastern Cook County.


YWCA Evanston/North Shore President and CEO Karen Singer called the Crowded Closet a valuable community asset because “it provides local women with quality clothing at affordable prices.


We are honored to have the opportunity to steward Crowded Closet’s legacy into the future. We’re looking forward to the synergy between the Crowded Closet, a consignment boutique, and the YWCA Shop for Good, a resale shop. We are excited by the possibilities these enterprises offer to support our mission.”


She added, “We’re grateful for the generosity of Mickie Donohue and Cindy Caldwell and we deeply thank them for passing the baton to us for the next chapter of the Crowded Closet.”


Ms. Donohue and Ms. Caldwell are retiring after operating the Crowded Closet for more than four decades.


“Rather than shutter the boutique, we are thrilled it will continue under the ownership of YWCA Evanston/North Shore,” said Ms. Donohue and Ms. Caldwell. “We fully support this transition and have complete confidence the shop will be in good hands.”


The Crowded Closet is open in August for shopping and consigning at its current location, 808 Dempster St., Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


From Aug. 30 to Sept. 7, the Crowded Closet will be closed. It will reopen at 820 Dempster St. on September 8.